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    Augusta Machine Works Revolver with Twelve Stop Cylinder .36 caliber, six shot, 12 stop, assembly letter L. More discussion about the Augusta Machine Works attributed revolvers centers on the mixture of six and 12 stop pistols and the mixture of assembly letters and numbers. About half the pistols appear to have been made with six stops and about half appear to have 12 stops. To complicate matters further about half have letter assembly codes and about half have number assembly codes including multiple examples with the same assembly number. This particular pistol is made with 12 stops and has the assembly letter L; one with the same characteristics is mentioned on page 45 in Confederate Revolvers by William A. Gary. An apparent copy of the Colt Model 1851 Navy, this pistol has an octagonal 7.75 inch barrel with no visible markings. The only markings on the entire pistol are the assembly letter, L, which is hidden throughout the various parts of the mechanism. Mechanically fine, the steel finish is a mixed gray and brown possibly as a result of an old cleaning with steel wool. The brass frame exhibits a fine yellow brownish patina, and the grips retain about 60% varnish.

    Kent Wall's Report:
    This revolver, assembly letter "L", is of .36 caliber and features a fully octagon, iron barrel, 7 5/8" in length, iron frame and iron cylinder. The trigger guard, back strap, and front strap are brass. The front sight is a brass post.
    Assembly letter "L" is found on loading lever flat, top of plunger, bottom of wedge, on frame near the hammer, underside of back strap and in the grip channel.
    Grip is original and is one piece walnut with minor dings and scratches.
    Condition: Very Good. Iron parts have a mottled patina with areas of light and dark. Edges are good with only minor dings and scratches. Brass parts have a mellow, even patina.
    Provenance: Bill Gary, Confederate Revolvers mentions assembly letter "L" on a known revolver.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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